Characterization of a β-fructofuranosidase from Schwanniomyces occidentalis with transfructosylating activity yielding the prebiotic 6-kestose

Departamento de Biología Molecular (CSIC-UAM), Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid, Spain.
Journal of Biotechnology (Impact Factor: 2.88). 11/2007; 132(1):75-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2007.07.939
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ABSTRACT beta-Fructofuranosidases are powerful tools in industrial biotechnology. We have characterized an extracellular beta-fructofuranosidase from the yeast Schwanniomyces occidentalis. The enzyme shows broad substrate specificity, hydrolyzing sucrose, 1-kestose, nystose and raffinose, with different catalytic efficiencies (k(cat)/K(m)). Although the main reaction catalysed by this enzyme is sucrose hydrolysis, it also produces two fructooligosaccharides (FOS) by transfructosylation. A combination of (1)H, (13)C and 2D-NMR techniques shows that the major product is the prebiotic trisaccharide 6-kestose. The 6-kestose yield obtained with this beta-fructofuranosidase is, to our concern, higher than those reported with other 6-kestose-producing enzymes, both at the kinetic maximum (76gl(-1)) and at reaction equilibrium (44gl(-1)). The total FOS production in the kinetic maximum was 101gl(-1), which corresponded to 16.4% (w/w) referred to the total carbohydrates in the reaction mixture.

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